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U.S. Indicts Three in Theft of 130 Million Accounts

Posted in PCI by ebs4pos on August 17, 2009

A Miami man and two unidentified computer hackers were charged with stealing 130 million credit and debit card numbers in what the Justice Department said was the largest such prosecution in U.S. history.

Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-old Miami resident, and two hackers living “in or near Russia” were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Newark, New Jersey, for stealing data from Heartland Payment Systems Inc., 7-Eleven Corp., Delhaize Group’s Hannaford Brothers Co. and two unidentified national retailers.

The hackers stole 130 million card numbers from Heartland, a bank-card payment processor, starting in December 2007, by using malicious computer software, according to the 14-page indictment. An undetermined number of card numbers were stolen from 7-Eleven and 4.2 million from Hannaford, a regional supermarket chain, according to the indictment.

via U.S. Indicts Three in Theft of 130 Million Accounts (Update2) – Bloomberg.com.

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